The Larkin Trail

About the Larkin Trail

One of the country's most acclaimed poets, Philip Larkin, is the subject of Coventry's latest attraction. The Larkin Trail is aimed at visitors and city residents alike. This self-guided tour showcases places in and around the city centre that the budding poet was familiar with as he was growing up in the 1930s.

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922, the son of the City Treasurer and spent his childhood in the city before leaving for Oxford in 1940. His reputation as arguably the greatest English poet of the 20th century rests on four slim volumes of poetry. He turned down the post of Poet Laureate but was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and was made a CBE. He died in 1985.

Details of the tour has been compiled by Don Lee, of the Philip Larkin Society, working alongside city colleagues, including CV One, Coventry City Council and King Henry VIII School. Paper copies of the guide designed Coventry company Pixeltrix, are provided free in tourist information centres, libraries and public buildings.

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum also have a collection of Larkin memorabilia on display for viewing.

Peter Walters, from CV One said, "We inducted Philip Larkin into the city's Walk of Fame earlier this month and this is another opportunity to celebrate one of this country's greatest literary figures."

Rob Phillips, School Archivist at King Henry VIII, said, "It's good to see one of our most famous old Coventrians being recognised in his home city."